Fashion
High-low dresses are a great item to have in your closet. In the front, the short hemline hits just at the knees--or in some cases it hits above the knee--but the back of the dress is an entirely different story. High-low dresses can swing low to the ankle in the back, or they can even come with a dramatic train that grazes the floor. Whether you’re looking for a casual day frock or something for the evening, high-low dresses are super easy to style. Here are some ideas.

Styling high-low dresses for daytime


Shop brands like BCBGeneration and Alice + Olivia for relaxed dresses with an asymmetrical hemline. Slip on strappy metallic sandals and cinch the waist with a thin woven belt and you’re ready to go.

Styling high-low dresses for the evening


Look for something with some drama. Brands like Haute Hippie and Laundry By Shelli Segal make high low dresses in delicate chiffons and soft silks. Slip on a pair of metallic high heels and a sparkling necklace for a cocktail party or night on the town.
  • Profile by Gottex Party Time Mesh High Low Dress Swim Cover Up
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    Profile by Gottex Party Time Mesh High Low Dress Swim Cover Up
    Breeze through the season in a '70s-inpsired cover up that works with everything in your getaway bag. Nylon/elastane. Hand wash. Imported. Scoop neck; sleeveless. Semisheer; high/low hem; multi-color chevron knit.
  • Carmen Marc Valvo Kaleidoscope Snake Crochet High-Low Dress Swim Cover Up
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    Carmen Marc Valvo Kaleidoscope Snake Crochet High-Low Dress Swim Cover Up
    Cool crochet and a chic silhouette combine in a cover up you will reach for season after season. Nylon/spandex. Hand wash. Imported. Scoopneck; tank sleeves; high/low hem. Semisheer crochet fabric.
  • Profile by Gottex Plus Size Lace High-Low Dress Cover Up
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    Profile by Gottex Plus Size Lace High-Low Dress Cover Up
    The perfect companion for your favorite swimsuits, Profile by Gottex's plus size dress makes the ideal cover up for a day at the beach! Polyester/spandex. Hand wash. Imported. Scoop neckline. Pullover style. Wide tank straps. Allover sheer lace fabric. High-low hem. Unlined. Longest point hit below knee.
  • Tommy Bahama Knit Chiffon Covers L/S High-Low Dress Cover-Up Women's Swimwear
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    Tommy Bahama Knit Chiffon Covers L/S High-Low Dress Cover-Up Women's Swimwear
    Simple is sexy with the Tommy Bahama Chiffon Cover-Up. Whether at the beach or at the pool, draping, wrinkle-free fabric will provide long-lasting comfort. Cotton fabric has just the right amount of stretch for the perfect fit. V-neckline. Long-sleeve design. High-low hemline. 95% cotton, 5% spandex; Contrast: 100% polyester. Hand wash cold, lay flat to dry. Imported. Measurements: ; Length: 36 in ; Product measurements were taken using size SM (US 6-8). Please note that measurements may vary by size. If you're not fully satisfied with your purchase, you are welcome to return any unworn and unwashed items with tags intact and original packaging included.
  • Women's Sol & Mer Hi Lo Cover Up Dress Black S/M
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    Women's Sol & Mer Hi Lo Cover Up Dress Black S/M
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    A breezy hi-lo silhouette adds to the effortlessly chic allure of this sheer, beach-ready cover-up.
  • Women's Profile By Gottex Party Time Mesh Hi Lo Cover Up Dress Multi Small
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    Women's Profile By Gottex Party Time Mesh Hi Lo Cover Up Dress Multi Small
    20% Off Regular-Priced & Sale Shoes through 3/31/15. Use code: FASHION.
    This mesh cover-up dress from Profile by Gottex is the perfect post-pool look. Throw it on over a solid swimsuit to make the pattern pop.
  • Dotti Lace-Illusion High-Low Hem Cover-Up
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    Dotti Lace-Illusion High-Low Hem Cover-Up
    Be a beach vixen with this lace cover-up dress from Dotti! Nylon. Hand wash. Made in USA of imported materials. Scoop neckline. Pullover style; racerback. Sleeveless. Allover lace. High-low hem. Relaxed fit. Hits at knee.
  • Profile by Gottex Crochet High-Low Cover Up
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    Profile by Gottex Crochet High-Low Cover Up
    The trendy high-low hem adds breezy appeal to this chic crocheted beach dress, a flirty cover up that's worthy of your next tropical getaway! From Profile by Gottex. Nylon/spandex. Hand wash. Imported. Scoop neckline. Pullover style. Sleeveless. Allover crochet lace. Unlined; sheer. Asymmetrical hem is longer at back. Hits at thigh at front.
  • Tory Burch Embroidered Chambray Swim Cover Up Dress
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    Tory Burch Embroidered Chambray Swim Cover Up Dress
    Anchor your beach-to-boardwalk look in embroidered chambray and mirrored accents from Tory Burch. Cotton. Hand wash. Imported. Square neck, sleeveless, embroidered, mirrored circles at front. Concealed zip back closure, split high/low hem.
  • Tt Beach Byron Bay Bohemian Porter Dress Swim Cover Up
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    Tt Beach Byron Bay Bohemian Porter Dress Swim Cover Up
    Cotton/spandex. Hand wash cold. Made in Italy. Scoop neck; sleeveless; fishnet crochet outerlayer; shorter contrast lining; high/low hem.
  • Raviya Strapless Printed Maxi Dress Cover Up
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    Raviya Strapless Printed Maxi Dress Cover Up
    Cover-up in style with Raviya's cool strapless maxi dress! Rayon/spandex. Hand wash. Imported. Cinched bandeau neckline. Pull-on style. Strapless. Empire-waist bodice with grip tape and drawstring ties at center front. Printed skirt is semi-sheer with cascading ruffle at front. Unlined. High-low hem. Longest point hits at mid-calf.
  • Mara Hoffman Rainbow Stripe Gauze Swim Cover Up Dress
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    Mara Hoffman Rainbow Stripe Gauze Swim Cover Up Dress
    Rayon/cotton. Hand wash. Made in India. Spread collar, long sleeves, button cuffs, striped. Button front closure, side slits, rounded high/low hem, semi-sheer.
  • Raviya Strapless Ruffle-Hem Dress Cover Up
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    Raviya Strapless Ruffle-Hem Dress Cover Up
    Raviya's takes beachwear to new heights with this chic strapless cover-up dress featuring a lovely macramé detail at the bust and a fashionable high-low hem! Cotton. Hand wash. Imported. Bandeau neckline. Pull-on style. Strapless. Macrame detail at bust with drawstrings; empire waist. Tulip A-line skirt. Ruffled high-low hem. Unlined. Longest point hits at calf.
  • Profile by Gottex Tutti Frutti Shiny Dress Swim Cover Up
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    Profile by Gottex Tutti Frutti Shiny Dress Swim Cover Up
    This beyond-basic tank dress cover up is your new beach to BBQ go-to. Polyamide/elastane. Hand wash. Imported. Scoop neck; sleeveless pullover. High/low hem.
  • DKNY Zipper Down Scuba Dress Swim Cover Up
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    DKNY Zipper Down Scuba Dress Swim Cover Up
    DKNY takes a deep dive into the scuba trend and comes up with a wave-making result. Nylon/spandex. Hand wash. Imported. Round neck; long contrast sleeves. Slight high/low hem with functional side zip vents.
  • Mara Hoffman Estrada Draped Dress Swim Cover Up
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    Mara Hoffman Estrada Draped Dress Swim Cover Up
    A breezy, draped silhouette makes this Mara Hoffman cover up stand out from the rest, a perfect piece to rock at your next all-inclusive resort. Polyester. Dry clean. Imported. V neck; shoulder straps meet at center back; cocoon, high-low silhouette. Pullover; semisheer.
  • Clover Canyon Botanical Wave Mesh Swim Cover Up Maxi Dress
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    Clover Canyon Botanical Wave Mesh Swim Cover Up Maxi Dress
    An unmistakable Clover Canyon pattern will make any getaway (or staycation) memorable. Polyester/nylon/spandex. Hand wash. Made in USA. Contrast trim; slight high-low hemline with side slits. Round neck; pullover; sheer mesh; back is solid black mesh.
  • Mara Hoffman Supernova Black Tie Shirt Swim Cover Up Dress
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    Mara Hoffman Supernova Black Tie Shirt Swim Cover Up Dress
    Wow them in a pow print from Mara Hoffman. Polyester. Dry clean. Imported. V neck pullover; ties at neck; shoulder straps. High-low shirttail hem; semisheer.
  • Out From Under High-Neck Cover Up
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    Out From Under High-Neck Cover Up
    Light + airy swimsuit cover up dress by Out From Under in a soft + stretchy open knit with a high neckline, dropped armholes and a racerback. Finished with a split high/low hem and skinny straps.
  • Out From Under High-Neck Cover Up
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    Out From Under High-Neck Cover Up
    Light + airy swimsuit cover up dress by Out From Under in a soft + stretchy open knit with a high neckline, dropped armholes and a racerback. Finished with a split high/low hem and skinny straps.
  • Women's O'Neill 'Beach Street' Cover-Up Dress
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    Women's O'Neill 'Beach Street' Cover-Up Dress
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    Saturated in bright, girly color and designed with converging straps at the low V-back, a cute high/low tank dress makes leaving the beach a bit easier. Brand: O'Neill. Style Name: O'Neill 'Beach Street' Cover-Up Dress. Style Number: 1023210.
  • Lucky Brand Blueprint Dress Cover-Up Women's Swimwear
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    Lucky Brand Blueprint Dress Cover-Up Women's Swimwear
    Breezy cover-up with an airy contrast hem. Scoop neck and deep scoop back. Sleeveless construction. High-low hem. 50% polyester, 38% cotton, 12% rayon; Contrast: 98% polyester, 2% spandex. Hand wash cold, line dry. Imported. Measurements: ; Length: 48 in ; Product measurements were taken using size SM (US 4-6). Please note that measurements may vary by size. If you're not fully satisfied with your purchase, you are welcome to return any unworn and unwashed items with tags intact and original packaging included.
  • Juicy Couture Prima Donna Blouson Cover Up Dress Women's Swimwear
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    Juicy Couture Prima Donna Blouson Cover Up Dress Women's Swimwear
    You'll feel easy and breezy in this Juicy Couture cover up. Lightweight crocheted dress features a high-low hem and a strapless design. Pull-on style flaunts a relaxed silhouette. Drawstring waist with charm accents. Ruffled detailing at hem. Lined. 92% polyester, 8% spandex; Lining: 76% polyester, 24% spandex. Hand wash cold, drip dry. Imported. Measurements: ; Length: 38 in ; Product measurements were taken using size PT/XS (US 0). Please note that measurements may vary by size. If you're not fully satisfied with your purchase, you are welcome to return any unworn and unwashed items with tags intact and original packaging included.
  • Splendid Marcel Stripe Maxi Dress Cover-Up Women's Swimwear
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    Splendid Marcel Stripe Maxi Dress Cover-Up Women's Swimwear
    Feel perfect roaming through the warm weather in this chic Splendid dress cover-up. A racerback maxi dress fabricated from a soft rayon knit in a flattering draped silhouette. Flaunts a nautical-inspired stripe design. Plunging scoop neckline with a two-button placket. Chic high-low hem. Bikini not included. 100% rayon. Hand wash cold, dry flat. Made in the U.S.A. and Imported. Measurements: ; Length: 58 in ; Product measurements were taken using size XS (Women's 0-2). Please note that measurements may vary by size. If you're not fully satisfied with your purchase, you are welcome to return any unworn and unwashed items with tags intact and original packaging included.
  • Hurley Prism Dress Cover Up Women's Swimwear
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    Hurley Prism Dress Cover Up Women's Swimwear
    A swim cover-up that's comfortable and chic. Cover-up boasts a unique geometric print on a semi-fitted silhouette. Scoop neckline. Double straps with cross detail at back. High-low hem. Slip-on design. 80% nylon, 20% spadex. Hand wash cold, dry flat. Made in the U.S.A. and Imported. Measurements: ; Length: 37 in ; Product measurements were taken using size SM (US 2-4). Please note that measurements may vary by size. If you're not fully satisfied with your purchase, you are welcome to return any unworn and unwashed items with tags intact and original packaging included.
  • 6 Shore Road by Pooja Carnival Sleeveless Cover-Up Dress
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    6 Shore Road by Pooja Carnival Sleeveless Cover-Up Dress
    Color: Archer floral. 6 Shore Road by Pooja Carnival Sleeveless Cover-Up Dress, Archer Floral Details: 6 Shore Road cover-up dress. Wide V neckline and back. Sleeveless; minimal shoulder coverage. Pullover style. High-low hem. Polyester. Imported. Model's measurements: Height 5'10"/177cm, bust 34"/86cm, waist 24. 5"/62cm, hips 35"/89cm, bra size 34C, dress size US 4.
  • Camilla Open-Front Cardigan/Cape Coverup
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    Camilla Open-Front Cardigan/Cape Coverup
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    CamillaOpen-Front Cardigan/Cape CoverupDetailsCamilla printed, beaded, georgette cape coverup with contrast-print trim.Shawl collar; open front.Angled, vertical arm holes.Cocoon silhouette.High-low hem.Silk.Imported.Model's measurements: Height 5'9"/175cm, bust 32"/81cm, waist 23.5"/60cm, hips 34"/86cm, dress size US 2/4, bra size 32B. Designer About Camilla:Combining her background in theater costuming, her experiences in global travel, and her deep love for Mother Nature, Camilla designer Camilla Franks tells a story with each collection piece. Bold prints, intricate details and a free spirit are the cornerstone of the collection.
  • Body Glove Ariel Tank Dress Cover-Up
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    Body Glove Ariel Tank Dress Cover-Up
    Cover up in style with this Body Glove® Tank Dress. Light weight and sheer cover up is decorated in a chic abstract design. Scoop neckline. Sleeveless design. Ruffle trim hem. Subtle high-low hem. 60% cotton, 40% polyester. Machine wash cold, hang dry. Imported. Measurements: Length: 34 in.
  • Camilla Open-Front Cardigan/Cape Coverup
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    Camilla Open-Front Cardigan/Cape Coverup
    5F Sale - Up to 40% Off
    CamillaOpen-Front Cardigan/Cape CoverupDetailsCamilla printed, beaded, georgette cape coverup with contrast-print trim.Shawl collar; open front.Angled, vertical arm holes.Cocoon silhouette.High-low hem.Silk.Imported.Model's measurements: Height 5'9"/175cm, bust 32"/81cm, waist 23.5"/60cm, hips 34"/86cm, dress size US 2/4, bra size 32B. Designer About Camilla:Combining her background in theater costuming, her experiences in global travel, and her deep love for Mother Nature, Camilla designer Camilla Franks tells a story with each collection piece. Bold prints, intricate details and a free spirit are the cornerstone of the collection.
  • Stylus Strapless Mesh Dress Cover-Up
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    Stylus Strapless Mesh Dress Cover-Up
    Bring some upbeat drama into any waterside situation with our dress cover-up featuring a beautiful black and red pattern and a high-low hem. nylon/spandexhand wash, line dryimported. Women's. Size: Large-x-large. Color: Red. Brand: STYLUS. Manufacturer Part #: 28819120091.
  • Out From Under High-Neck Cover Up
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    Out From Under High-Neck Cover Up
    Light + airy swimsuit cover up dress by Out From Under in a soft + stretchy open knit with a high neckline, dropped armholes and a racerback. Finished with a split high/low hem and skinny straps.
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